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Modesty, not temper.
It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.
How can one ever do anything nobly Christian, living among people with such petty thoughts?
Fear was stronger than the calculation of probabilities.
In poor Rosamond’s mind there was not room enough for luxuries to look small in.
In Rome it seems as if there were so many things which are more wanted in the world than pictures.
We are all humiliated by the sudden discovery of a fact which has existed very comfortably and perhaps been staring at us in private while we have been making up our world entirely without it.
If a man has a capacity for great thoughts, he is likely to overtake them before he is decrepit.
There is a sort of jealousy which needs very little fire: it is hardly a passion, but a blight bred in the cloudy, damp despondency of uneasy egoism.
It is curious what patches of hardness and tenderness lie side by side in men’s dispositions. I suppose he has some test by which he finds out whom Heaven cares for.
I had some ambition. I meant everything to be different with me. I thought I had more strength and mastery. But the most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself.
Sane people did what their neighbours did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.
People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.
But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.
Will was not without his intentions to be always generous, but our tongues are little triggers which have usually been pulled before general intentions can be brought to bear.
A medical man likes to make psychological observations, and sometimes in the pursuit of such studies is too easily tempted into momentous prophecy which life and death easily set at nought.
Destiny stands by sarcastic with our dramatis personae folded in her hand.
Her anger said, as anger is apt to say, that God was with her— that all heaven, though it were crowded with spirits watching them, must be on her side.
We all remember epochs in our experience when some dear expectation dies, or some new motive is born.
Men outlive their love, but they don’t outlive the consequences of their recklessness.
Self-consciousness of the manner is the expensive substitute for simplicity.
If we had lost our own chief good, other people’s good would remain, and that is worth trying for.
what secular avocation on earth was there for a young man (whose friends could not get him an ‘appointment’) which was at once gentlemanly, lucrative, and to be followed without special knowledge?
what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
I shall never forget you. I have never forgotten anyone whom I once knew. My life has never been crowded, and seems not likely to be so.
What can promote innocent mirth, and I may say virtue, more than a good riddle?
It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.
To know intense joy without a strong bodily frame, one must have an enthusiastic soul.
A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards.
Blameless people are always the most exasperating.
I’ve always felt that your belongings have never been on a level with you.
People are almost always better than their neighbors think they are.
Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive.
When a man has seen the woman whom he would have chosen if he had intended to marry speedily, his remaining a bachelor will usually depend on her resolution rather than on his.
But let the wise be warned against too great readiness at explanation: it multiplies the sources of mistake, lengthening the sum for reckoners sure to go wrong.
If one is not to get into a rage sometimes, what is the good of being friends?
Upon my word, I think the truth is the hardest missile one can be pelted with.
Power of generalizing gives men so much the superiority in mistake over the dumb animals.
Fred dislikes the idea going into the ministry partly because he doesn't like "feeling obligated to look serious", and he centers his doubts on "what people expect of a clergyman".
We cannot help the way in which people speak of us . . .
I don't see how a man is to be good for much unless he has some one woman to love him dearly.
A prig is a fellow who is always making you a present of his opinions.
One’s self-satisfaction is an untaxed kind of property which it is very unpleasant to find deprecated.
Mortals are easily tempted to pinch the life out of their neighbor's buzzing glory, and think that such killing is no murder.
For we all of us, grave or light, get our thoughts entangled in metaphors, and act fatally on the strength of them.
Sane people did what their neighbors did, so that if any lunatics were at large, one might know and avoid them.
I never had any preference for her, any more than I have a preference for breathing.
Society never made the preposterous demand that a man should think as much about his own qualifications for making a charming girl happy as he thinks of hers for making himself happy.
The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.
She was no longer struggling against the perception of facts, but adjusting herself to their clearest perception.